CET Siena

What is the Traveling Seminar?

The Traveling Seminar is a mid-semester, four-day trip to the Italian island of Sicily, on the Mediterranean Sea. The journey brings to life many of the theories and case studies discussed in the Intercultural Communication: Italy in Sienese and Sicilian Contexts course. You’ll experience and learn first-hand about Sicilian history and traditions, stereotypes about Sicily, and the island’s cultural and religious diversity.

If you’re in the Intercultural Communication course, you will have readings that prepare you for the Traveling Seminar, but much of the learning comes from the seeing and the doing. You’ll explore the main sites in Palermo and Catania, meet with a local anti-mafia organization, speak with Sicilian youth, explore museums, try local food, see performance arts. This is learning at its best.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Palermo. Group lunch followed by walking tour of Palermo. Bus to Catania.

Day 2: Hike Mount Etna. Tour of Catania and Sicilian street food tour. Dinner with local students.

Day 3: Discussion on organized crime with anti-mafia group. Guided tour of Monastero dei Benedettini. Group dinner.

Day 4: Visit Catania’s famous fish market followed by free time to explore on your own. Return to Siena.